Vix Knits… and crochets and sews…

My adventures in the wonderful world of arts and crafts

Button brooches!

I have a new obsession and it combines two of my favourite things – buttons and crochet!

And it gives me a beautiful use for my beautiful buttons… although it does mean some of them will leave my company to be loved by others.

Anyway, it all began when I bought a new winter coat. I decided to go for a fairly neutral grey and jazz it up with assorted accessories.

And then we went to the Knitting and Stitching Show and I bought a gorgeous big wooden button

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Rather lovely even on it’s own I think but I’m so in love with my new Pieces of Eight mittens that I wanted something to match.

So I made this

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But the yarn doesn’t really lend itself to the pattern particularly well so I procrastinated a little while I was blocking the flower.

In the meantime, I found something amazing on Facebook and made this

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Isn’t this the most fantastic idea?! The original piece I saw only had one round of petals but I wanted something a bit frillier.

I tried really hard (for about three hours!) to do the same with the big button but the yarn is too thin for it to work the way I want it to.

After blocking, I’m still unsure about the big button and the knitted flower. I think every time I look at it, I’ve changed my mind again!

So here are three different button options for you to ponder

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I wonder if my issue is not the button but the flower…

And now I’m off to raid my button stash for more suitable beauties!

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Lace Cardi – finished!

First off sorry for the delay in posting this update, things are bit crazy here at the moment.

Anyway, I think my feelings about this cardigan can be summed up in… six words – love the project, hate the pattern!

Although, after actually wearing the piece today, I don’t love it quite so much as I did (maybe seven words, add ‘mostly’ at the beginning!)

I’ve posted about the problems I had with the pattern but I eventually managed to figure things out, finished the cardi last week and left it to block

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I hate blocking, mostly because I’m never quite convinced it works (maybe I’m doing it wrong?) I have this fear that I’ll remove the pins and the piece will instantly shrivel back to it’s pre-blocked state

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But it worked out ok! It was still a little damp in places so I hung it up for a while to completely dry. Tried it on first of course

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I’m a bit disappointed because it gapes a little at the front and is a bit tight on the arms and at the shoulders but overall I think it’s lovely

I wore it properly for the first time today

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I’m not sure how much it shows but the sleeves do shrink a little with wear (thank goodness I made them longer than recommended or they’d be ridiculous)

The button-holes and the buttons were a pain in the neck but I really love them

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The button necklace was a gift from Steven, bought at a local craft fair on Saturday. Isn’t it pretty? It’s just a shame it covers the top button of the cardi but the colours are an amazing match.

I’ve got a lot to say about the dodgy pattern and how I fixed it but, since this post is already a little lengthy and it’s getting late, I’ll save that for another day.

Also, Steven took me to Hobbycraft today so I’ve got goodies to show off and a lot of upcoming projects to tell you about.

Just a little note: Steven’s now working nights so posts will be later in the day than I would like, I hope you all still manage to stop by for news

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Buttons, buttons everywhere!

I love buttons!

Which is odd, considering how much I hate sewing them on… but there you have it!

So, while deciding which crochet/knitted collar to make next, I sorted through my buttons to see if I had anything suitable (not that I mind going out to buy more buttons)

I hadn’t realised I’d accumulated so many, my little button tin is practically bursting!

Most of my collection is made up of spare garment buttons and I had a great time trying to work out which button went with which garment (I’ve still got no idea on some)

Here are a few pics…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All nice and neat in my button tin. The ones in the little bags are fabric buttons so I like to keep them separate

And because I like to make a mess…

… I tipped them all out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And because I don’t like to be too unorganised, I laid out some of my favourites

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some are extra garment buttons, some I bought (either for projects or just because) and one I bought and then decorated myself (no prizes for guessing which one)

I love some of them so much, I’m actually trying to design projects around them… strange but true

Anyway, some of them will be handy for more detachable collars and I think some might be useful for my designing

Either way, a person can never have too many buttons and I’m sure I can find a use for them somewhere

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